General Requirements

Major in African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies currently offers a major in African American Studies. Students must complete ten (10) courses, totaling a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours, and must choose a concentration: Literature, Language, Arts, and Culture (LLAC) or History, Behavioral Science, and Social Inquiry (HBSSI). Courses that deeply and substantively examine African American culture, history and experience in the United States, study African culture, history, people, and politics as pretext and context to African American experience, and explore the Black Atlantic diaspora satisfy the major’s requirements. Students are encouraged to select at least nine credit hours of course work specifically related to African American experience in the United States.

Required courses for Majors:

AFAM 101

AFAM 456 (Fall Only)

Introduction to African American Studies

Methodologies and Theoretical Issues in African American Studies
Prerequisites: AFAM 101; MATH 035, 004, 007, or 040, or AP-STATS Credit, or AP-CALC Fall only; Junior or Senior

  • 5 courses within area of concentration (at least one must be above 200-level and one must be above 300-level)
  • 2 courses in non-concentration area (one course must be above the 200 level)
  • 1 elective above the 200 level

Overlay requirements that can be satisfied by any of the above:

  • 1 pre-twentieth century course
  • 1 non-US course

Major course tracking sheet (new window)

Minor in African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies has implemented the following requirements for the minor in African American Studies.  Students must successfully complete six (6) courses, totaling a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours. Courses that deeply and substantively examine African American culture, history and experience in the United States, study African culture, history, people, and politics as pretext and context to African American experience, and explore the Black Atlantic diaspora satisfy the minor’s requirements. Students are encouraged to select at least nine hours of course work specifically related to African American experience in the United States.

New required courses for Minors:

AFAM 101

AFAM 456 (Fall Only)

Introduction to African American Studies

Methodologies and Theoretical Issues in African American Studies
Prerequisites: AFAM 101

  • 4 additional courses, with at least two above 200 level

*Under exceptional circumstances, the Department may approve a different course to satisfy this requirement.  All students graduating by Spring 2017 are exempt from this requirement.

Minor course tracking sheet (new window)

For questions regarding the major or minor, or to declare a major or minor, please contact the Department Chair.

Concentration: Language, Literature, Arts, and Culture (LLAC)

AFAM-270 Blackness and Digital Life
ANTH-240 African Cultural Modernities
ENGL-153 19th Century American Literature
PHIL-174 Philosophy of Reparations
PHIL-231 Social and Political Philosophy
SOCI-127 Sociology and Culture: Drake
SOCI-189 Toni Morrison as Intellectual

Concentration: History, Behavioral Science, and Social Inquiry (HBSSI)

AFAM-270 Blackness and Digital Life
AFAM-325 The “Black” in Black Popular Culture
ANTH-240 African Cultural Modernities
ECON-156 Poverty and Inequality
EDJI-220 CBL: Education, Equity, and Advocacy
GOVT-219 Prisons and Punishment
GOVT-281 Racial Liberalism, Law and Justice
HIST-112 Africa II
HIST-199 History of Civil Rights Movement
HIST-315 Environmental History of Africa
HIST-494 The Great Migration
INAF-357 African Politics/Governments
INAF-395 Political Economics of Development Africa
INAF-425 Terrorism and Insurgency in African
INAF-428 Global History of Slavery
INAF-430 Black Islam and Extremism in Africa
PHIL-174 Philosophy of Reparations
WGST-266 Women in American Politics

Non-United States Diaspora Focused Courses

ANTH-240 African Cultural Modernities
HIST-112 Africa II
HIST-315 Environmental History of Africa
INAF-357 African Politics/Government
INAF-395 Political Economics of Development Africa
INAF-425 Terrorism and Insurgency in Africa
INAF-428 Global History of Slavery
INAF-430 Black Islam and Extremism in Africa

Pre-20th Century Focused Courses

ENGL-153 19th Century American Literature
INAF-428 Global History of Slavery
INAF-430 Black Islam and Extremism in Africa